Show Tunes and Modern

By: Haley Smith

Show Tunes

  • Seymore Felix changed dancing and created Broadway.
  • New York did not have a significant theater presence until about 1750.
  • popular in the 1880's-1930's
  • evolved into many things including Broadway dance
  • Famous dancers include: Adele, Fred Astaire, and Bob Fosse
  • the first vaudeville dancers were merely a part of the show
  • show tunes used for vaudeville are said to be originated from Librettist W. S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan
  • the shows started in Europe and evolved in America after the Civil War


  • Modern dance was born in America during the 20th century
  • Loie Fuller, Isadora Duncan, Ruth St. Denis, and Ted Shawn are considered to be the pioneers of modern dance in America.
  • Modern started during the end of the 1980's
  • in 1998 Isadora Duncan held the modern dance recital
  • famous dancers include: RUth Denis and Ted Shawn